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  • Posted in thread: Exploding carboy! on 11-09-2006 at 11:55 PM
    A friend brewed for the first time Saturday at our local brew club's Teach A Friend To Brew
    session. His beer went into a glass carboy. Within 24 hours it exploded in his clothes closet.
    Sugary wort/b...

  • Posted in thread: Iodophor ?? on 11-09-2006 at 11:50 PM
    I have a reservoir for the beer to be bottled. I start by putting Iodophor sanitizer in it to
    santize the reservoir. Then I use the bottling cane to fill 12 bottles. This takes about 3 or 4
    minutes. T...

  • Posted in thread: Oxiclean Question on 11-09-2006 at 11:07 PM
    Oxyclean is very close to dishwasher detergent powder. It is a mixture of sodium carbonate and
    sodium percarbonate. Some of the powdered brewery sanitizers and washes are pretty much the
    same thing. S...

  • Posted in thread: RPM reduction options? on 11-09-2006 at 11:04 PM
    I use a paint stirrer ($7) in a variable speed electric drill that has worn out bearings. I fix
    it to my boil pot using combination of 1/2" copper tubing, wood and miscellaneous hardware.
    Total cost o...

  • Posted in thread: aluminum immersion chiller on 11-09-2006 at 10:53 PM
    Not really. Aluminum tubing is probably more brittle than copper tubing.

  • Posted in thread: cleaning the carboy on 11-09-2006 at 10:48 PM
    Buy a carboy brush. It will reach every surface on the inside of the carboy.Bleach isn't very
    good for removing organic deposits. Diluted ammonia works pretty well. Do not mix bleach and

  • Posted in thread: Fridge/Freezer Tempurature Difference on 11-09-2006 at 10:45 PM
    The thermostats don't measure differential temperature, so that won't work. Go to a homebrew
    store and drop $55 on a Johnson Controls unit that in effect replaces the original thermostat.
    (Unless you ...

  • Posted in thread: False Bottom on 11-09-2006 at 10:42 PM
    I've been using a Phil's Phalse Bottom (from Listermann, check the web) for years. It works
    fine. There are also SS ones for a bit more. My plastic one collapsed once, and Listermann
    replaced it free....

  • Posted in thread: Good deal? on 11-09-2006 at 10:40 PM
    For a good comparison of different types of home made mash tuns, get the 1995 "Great Grain
    Issue" of Zymurgy. For $20 you can get a 5 gallon water cooler, or $40 for a ten gallon one.
    $20 for a Phil'...

  • Posted in thread: Sanitizing Hands? on 11-09-2006 at 10:33 PM
    You can't really sanitize your hands. Scrub them well, and don't touch anything that has been